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A Township Development Strategy for Uitenhage
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A study to develop and propose a development strategy for township micro-enterprises in Uitenhage

Project Lead: Dr Andrew Charman
Funders and partners: Volkswagen Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Trust, Urbanworks


SLF has entered into a partnership agreement with the Volkswagen BBBEE Trust to propose a development strategy for township micro-enterprises in Uitenhage. The project will run from September 2018 until April 2019. Uitenhage is a town in the Eastern Cape, situated within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality. The town provides a location for a number of factories producing for the automotive sector, including an important factory of the Volkswagen Group. The Volkswagen BBBEE Trust was establish in 2016 with the aim to support the development of majority black owned businesses in the automotive sector. The Trust furthermore supports a range of initiatives to promote community development, including a focus on enterprise development.

The project will produce a comprehensive area based strategy to promote entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise development in the townships of Uitenhage. We will focus, in particular, on the settlements of KwaNobuthle and Rosedale / Langa. The strategy will be developed using the SLF precinct research and design methodology over two phases.

The first project phase will entail the identification and mapping of all micro-enterprises and detailed research on specific sectors with high growth potential. In phase two, SLF will propose suitable enterprise development interventions and supporting infrastructure. In developing the strategy, SLF will engage with a range of stakeholders (including township entrepreneurs and municipal officials) to fine tune these interventions to suit local requirements and opportunities.

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